St. Mary's Catholic Church

St. Mary's Catholic Church

CCD Program

CCD is our religious education program for the children of our parish not attending St. Mary's Catholic School.  It stands for Confraternity of Christian Doctrine.  At times CCD was referred to as "Catechism."  In many parishes today, their religious education program is either called PSR (Parish School of Religion) or PRE (Parish Religious Education) instead of CCD.

CCD Classes meet Wednesday evening from 7:00-8:00 p.m.  Classes, generally, start the first Wednesday after  Labor Day and end the last Wednesday in April.  We follow the school schedule in regards to days off.  If school is not in session on a Wednesday, there will no CCD class on that Wednesday.

CCD History

The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine is an association founded in Rome in 1562 for the purpose of giving religious instruction to the young.  The association was formed in response to challenges posed by the Protestant Reformation.  The Council of Trent, the ecumenical council convened as the Counter-Reformation to the Protestant Reformation, stated that church reform must begin with the religious education of the young.

In 1560 a group of priest and laymen joined together and pledged to instruct both children and adults in Christian doctrine.  In 1562 the association divided into two sections: the priests formed themselves into a religious congregation, the Fathers of Christian Doctrine, while the laymen remained in the world as "The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine." In 1571 Pope Pius V recommended that it be establish in every parish.  Over time it began to spread throughout dioceses in the world. The classes taught in the CCD program not only educate children about Jesus and the Catholic faith but, also, prepare children to receive the sacraments of Penance (confession), the Eucharist (Holy Communion), and Confirmation.

Totus Tuus

Totus Tuus - "Totally Yours"
Totus Tuus is a summer Catholic youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic Faith through evangelization, catechesis, Christian witness and Eucharistic worship.

Information from Salina Diocese:

Mark your calendars for this year's Tutus Tuus program for June 16-22nd!

Make sure you register early for this exciting week long summer faith experience for grade school and high school youth.  A team of seminarians and college students will spend the week with our children to inspire, teach and lead them in a rich experience of what it is to be Catholic.

  • 1st - 6th grade students will meeting June 17th-22nd from 9:00am - 3:00pm.  A sack lunch will need to be brought from home each day.
  • 7th - 12th grade students will meet June 16th-21st from 7:30-9:45pm.  Snacks will be available.

Accepting registrations now!  Download registration form below and return it to the Parish Office before June 12th!